St. Angela Merici School strives to provide an atmosphere in which our students can grow in their Roman Catholic faith and in which students can learn and grow in an environment infused with lived Gospel values and Catholic social principles. Since the primary faith educators of children are the child’s parents, St. Angela Merici School acts as an extension of the Catholic home in supporting the parents’ instruction of Catholic values and love for the Eucharist.
Catholic ideals and Gospel values permeate instruction throughout the school day and are not limited to the students’ religion class. Our students receive religious instruction for a daily minimum of 30 minutes in grades K through 4 and a daily minimum of 40 minutes in grades 5 – 8. In addition, our pastor and associate pastor visit classrooms regularly to enrich religious instruction. Religion instruction, including a Catholic understanding of human sexuality, follows the Diocese of Cleveland’s Religion Curriculum.
Sacramental Preparation Programs
The religion program offers the opportunity to prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade and Confirmation in the eighth grade.Our second graders, in preparation for their First Eucharist, participate in our Jesus Day retreat just prior to their First Eucharist and the eighth graders celebrate Spirit Day, with the assistance of our high school youth group, in preparing for their Confirmation.For more information regarding our sacramental preparation, please see the Sacramental Life pages - Eucharist or Confirmation.
Liturgical and Prayer Experience
St. Angela Merici School provides liturgical and other worship opportunities for the school community. Liturgical, sacramental, and prayer opportunities include morning prayer, daily prayer routines, All School Masses, Class Masses, Reconciliation, Eucharistic Devotions, Living Stations and Stations of the Cross, May Crowning, and seasonal prayer services. In addition, our students are active in the preparation and planning of School Masses. They serve as lectors, ushers, and present the gifts. Parents and families are most welcome to join us in these celebrations. Students are also encouraged to serve Christ and live their devotion to the Eucharist as an Altar Server (grades 6-7-8) and in the Children’s Choir (grades 1-6).
Service for Others Program
Our school provides students of all grade levels with Catholic service opportunities through the school year. Through these opportunities, students are given an opportunity to live the message of Catholic social justice and compassion. Our Service for Others Program includes service opportunities such as:
- West Side Catholic Center projects
- Fairview Hunger Center
- Outreach Projects
- Fairview Center Center
- Catholic Charities
- Providence House
Our school offers Peer Mediation as a means to assist students to solve conflicts peacefully. During Peer Mediation, a trained student mediator, along with a faculty moderator, walks the disputants through the steps of peace in order to help the students solve their own problem. Once the students determine a solution, the mediator and moderator help the disputants write a contract for their solution.
Retreats and Prayer Partners
In addition to classroom instruction, several programs further the children’s faith formation.
- Prayer Partners: Our prayer partner program pairs students in grades 1-8 with a partner student of a different grade. Our goal for this program is to foster and create a sense of community through developing multi-age friendships. In addition to praying for one another, Prayer Partners come together in activities such as Prayer Services, Class Mass and planning, service activities, and community-building activities.
- Retreats: Our faith formation experiences extend outside of the classroom walls. St. Angela Merici students participate in different retreat and leadership opportunities throughout the year. Our sixth graders travel off-site to Camp Christopher for leadership building experiences. Also, all students participate in a Holy Thursday Retreat at the end of Lent in celebration of the Institution of the Eucharist.